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Infectious disease specialist  Prof Sam McConkey was criticised in many quarters for his perceived negativity when he urged caution on the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. File photograph: Getty

A predilection for too much consensus or groupthink has often caused us harm in out country. Like buffalo, a significant number of Irish people prefer(...)

Central Bank has offered to redeploy spare capacity at its currency centre for contact tracing.

The Central Bank has offered to lend a hand with the State’s Covid-19 contact tracing effort. According to the minutes of a recent meeting, the regul(...)

The BPFI said this was the busiest month for mortgage approvals since the data series began in 2011. Photograph:   Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

There was a surge in mortgage approvals in October driven by first-time buyers, according to Banking and Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI). The indu(...)

The surge in savings has been  triggered by a combination of factors, including people putting off major purchases as a result of the Covid-19 crisis

Irish households put an additional €12.6 billion into bank and credit union accounts this year as savings soared during the pandemic. Central Bank fi(...)

If an insurance quote seems too good to be true, ‘it usually transpires that it is’. Photograph: iStock

Industry group Brokers Ireland has welcomed the first conviction in Ireland of a “ghost broker”, and has urged consumers to check the authenticity of (...)

There is no way the Central Bank will approve any withdrawal by the bank from the Irish market or sale of its assets here without ensuring the tracker mortgage issue is concluded. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

We held a mortgage with First Active and subsequently Ulster Bank from about 2002. We moved away from Ireland but rented the house out and maintained (...)

Drinkers at a Cork pub, following the re-opening of ‘wet pubs’ outside Dublin in September. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Covid infection rates in three Irish cities jumped a fortnight after wet pubs reopened in September, according to an EY study. The Sunday Times repo(...)

Sunnier times:  An Ulster Bank branch in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Niamh Brennan, the University College Dublin management professor, was preparing to sit through an induction session for new Ulster Bank board members(...)

AIB decided in March to postpone indefinitely its first sale of non-performing private residential mortgages. Photograph: Getty Images

AIB, the Republic’s largest mortgage lender, has relaunched a planned sale of a deeply in arrears mortgage portfolio that had been put on hold at the (...)

Larger, more regionally diversified banks can generally raise capital at a lower cost than smaller banks concentrated in one market or market segment. Photograph: iStock

The economic crisis a decade ago was associated with a collapse in the banking system. The banks had fuelled an unsustainable boom in the economy whil(...)

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